I believe that there is something to be said for an age where there are potential scheduling conflicts between lunar probes.
What attribute of a "real" currency prevents collapse? Governments (looking at you Venezuela) will claim to enforce exchange rates, but once they run out of hard currency to trade at their declared rate (or just refuse to exchange at that rate), the collapse happens anyway. It's unlikely that there is anyone who would attempt to maintain a charade around a collapsed Bitcoin, but just because someone is willing to pretend doesn't make something real.
When a block of Bitcoin is solved, the bonus goes to the machine that solved the block and then everyone starts over. You're basically in a race each block to be the one to solve it. By having a larger portion of the total computing power, you increase your chances of hitting each block, but are by no means guaranteed to ever hit (much as you can put money down on both red and black on a roulette table and still lose since the house is playing green). At most, someone could approach generating BTC2.5/min as their hash rate approached 100% of the total. Bitcoin would collapse long before that point, though, since once you hit 51% of the total hash rate, you can double spend and send yourself infinite coins.
Death spiral or technological change? No industry will last for all time; churn from new industries emerging helps to keep a crop of fresh minds at the helm of society. Modern efforts to bail out shrinking companies are directed by oligarchs seeking to hold onto the reins of power, under the guise of helping the little guy.
Since the no-fly list identifies you only by name to the airline, the government can quite easily claim that YOU are not on the no-fly list, but it's just a mix up with some OTHER John Smith who totally exists and is a terrorist. Naturally, the details of the other John Smith are classified, so there's no piece of identification that you can possibly produce to prove that you are not they. The lovely part is that you only need to be on the list a short time for the restriction of movement to hamper whatever you were doing that the powers-that-be didn't like, so even if this judge were to take the unprecedented step of revealing the contents of the list, they could produce one from five minutes before or after lacking your name
While any user-facing application is going to spend most of its time waiting for the user to do something, the latency to finish that task is still something the user will want to see optimized. Further, if a long-running task tops out at 20% CPU, apparently optimization was weighted too much towards CPU and you need to look into optimizing your IO or memory usage.
In addition to its brevity, it also implies the 4 times as many "flags" were taken simply from searches of Google, Linkedin, and others (2x as many points scored, with flags being worth 0.5x those taken via social engineering). Sounds like the corporate website and employees' social networking accounts are the real threat
Two questions: Are we going to wind up developing the equivalent of a "USDA Certified Grade A Cycles" sticker? And what is the cloud computing equivalent of Taco Bell "meat"?
I feel like commoditization might provide a level of anonymity to allow both a low grade of service (faking processing with either less accurate processing or known-faulty equipment) and a security risk (While a collection of cloud services are mining your customer data for you, how many are copying it off for later perusal?)
Maintenance activities could certainly be suspended. S&R and fire protection seem like the sort of things that fall under "essential" personnel. As for interpretation and research, in the short term the printed interpretation postings aren't going anywhere
In the long term, yes, the national parks cost money to operate. Over the course of a week? They can pretty much be left to their own devices. It's not like there aren't portions of these facilities that are in need of maintenance that there isn't money for even if the continuing resolution were to pass.
There is a certain amount of irony in someone attempting to prove that open access journals publish bad science through the use of bad science. I read the article, and his only mention of testing closed publications is in his conclusion, quoting a colleague who suggested just such a step. He discounts this by restating his thesis (that open access journals are more numerous and publish more papers than closed ones) before shifting topics.
I was one of the kickstart backers for Pebble, and have been using the watch every day for ~5 months. There are two things that keep me putting it on every day, despite having to remember to charge it once a week or so:
- Text messages and incoming calls on your wrist. The difference between looking at your wrist and pulling out a phone seems negligible, but remember that you don't have to hold onto a wristwatch.
- You never miss a vibrate alert that's strapped to your wrist. I'll sometimes have something get between my phone and my leg, or have the phone in a bag on my bike.
Now, there's a big gulf between the Pebble and the device the Samsung showed us last week (I haven't looked at Sony's offering). I think the key is to not replicate a phone function unless it's made better/easier. Case in point: the trend seems to be towards a small color display; this is inferior to the phone. Pebble has a tiny, low res b/w screen, but it's readable in direct sunlight which my phone won't do (unless I two-hand it to shade the screen).
SARS in particular I remember as causing border crossings (at least here in North America) to go absolutely apeshit. Between the direct losses of increased staffing and asinine posters (seriously, until it got Suddenly Acute, the only symptoms a lay person could identify were "like a cold") there were huge indirect losses of increased travel time and people simply not bothering to travel.
The reason on older analog speedos was that they were most accurate in the middle of the range. On modern digitally controlled gauges my guess is a combination of tradition and using the 140mph gauge as a distinguishing piece of trim for the performance package.
Of interesting note, there were rules back in the 80s in the US limiting speedos to display 85mph
I think that in most listings of developed, high-IQ countries, Italy, Ireland, and Spain would be included, and all fall above the European average (which itself is just over 50%): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_atheism#Europe_and_Russia Now, granted, it is a tiny corner of the continent that touches the 90% figure given (from a different study) for the US further down the page, but I think it's hard to argue that a simple majority isn't "strong".
What I think you mean to say is that evangelical Christianity is strongly identified with the US (and realistically, we're not talking about evangelism in general, but of certain individual churches). The other mentioned in the wikipedia article is the Islamic teachings of specific clerics in a collection of impoverished nations that would not fall into the developed/high-IQ category. I would point out that the other religion strongly identified with the US, Mormonism, actively encourages vaccination.
As an aside, I continue to be amazed at how there are Wikipedia articles not just for every general concept you can think of, but for seemingly every combination of terms, such as "vaccination and religion" above. Encyclopedia Britannica eat your heart out!